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Police charged GeoHot as if his THC chocolates were solid marijuana

Renowned hardware hacker and iDevice-jailbreaker extraordinaire George "GeoHot" Hotz, 22, has been arrested and booked for possessing marijuana.  

These days GeoHot is working at Facebook and is an active member of Facebook-sponsored "Chronic Dev Team", which works to "free your iPad and iPhone".   Travelling from home in Cali, GeoHot was cruising into Texas in the western-border town and census site of Sierra Blanca on his way to speak at the renowned entertainment and digital lifestyle festival South by Southwest, which is held every year in Austin, a city in central-Texas.

While the hot question on everyone's mind may be whether the famed hacker was "hot boxing", we may never know.

What is known is that the town's police, expecting the rush of festival participants driving in from California were screening all cars with drug sniffing dogs.  The dogs apparently became extra excited at GeoHot's car, and sure enough he had some of "the chronic" in his car -- enough to reportedly earn him a felony possession charge.

Taken downtown, he was booked at the station (likely he did not get the opportunity to test his IRL jailbreaking skills), and then released on $1,500 USD bond.

But GeoHot might be in good shape -- apparently the officer goofed.  He had approximately 1/4 oz. of marijuana and chocolate edibles equivalent to less than 1/8 oz.  However, the officers weighed the chocolate as if it was pure marijuana, hence how he received the felony possession.  This led the officers to then estimate the value of GeoHot's "special" chunky chocolate truffle at $800 USD, rather than the $15 USD he reportedly paid for it.

As a reader pointed out, nonsensical as it may be, this is actually how the Texas penal code works -- anything with a drug in it, is counted as a drug when waying for determination of a felony.  GeoHot is only fortunate he didn't have a couple more chocolates or he might be looking at a 3rd degree felony and some serious prison time. (The threshold for a 3rd degree felony is 1 oz.)

The whole incident casts in a whole new light GeoHot's surprisingly funny and solid "rap retort" to Sony Corp.'s (TYO:6758lawsuit against him for jailbreaking the PlayStation 3:

America is a rather funny nation where both of its last two presidents openly admitted to smoking marijuana, yet it remains an imprisonable felony in many regions to possess the potent plant.  While peer-reviewed studies published in medicine's most prestigious journals found marijuana to be less harmful than alcohol and tobacco, it remains illegal in America.  In fact marijuana has been found to have mild beneficial effects.

Source: Above the Law

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RE: One does wonder...
By Simonova on 3/15/2012 12:13:54 PM , Rating: 2
The trouble is, you can't avoid the bible belt - this is where all the good stuff is!

RE: One does wonder...
By Keeir on 3/15/2012 1:04:34 PM , Rating: 2
While a funny headline there are a few important things to point out in that article

#1. It refers to paid porn subscriptions
#2. It refers to rate per broadband internet buyers

They noticed a few other correlations, such as age and income.

So called "Bible Belt" and "Red" states often have lower rates of broadband usage. Broadband usage is highest among the young and better off. These trends are even more exaggerated in these states.

Yet I see no attempt by the article to level set the data for these trends.

I also have an issue with the article here

States where a majority of residents agreed with the statement "I have old-fashioned values about family and marriage," bought 3.6 more subscriptions per thousand people than states where a majority disagreed. A similar difference emerged for the statement "AIDS might be God's punishment for immoral sexual behaviour."


The biggest consumer, Utah, averaged 5.47 adult content subscriptions per 1000 home broadband users; Montana bought the least with 1.92 per 1000. "The differences here are not so stark," Edelman says.

So the -average- difference between states with two views was greater than the -maximum- difference? This smells fishy and makes me wonder about the rest of the methodology.

All in all, since around ~36% of internet users view pornography at least occasionally, it seems like a statement such as

"Conservatives more likely to pay for pornography" is more apt conclusion to the study. Though looking the summery, I doubt there would be any significant trends once the whole per broadband subscriber issue is accounted for...

RE: One does wonder...
By ppardee on 3/15/2012 1:53:22 PM , Rating: 2
"Conservatives more likely to pay for pornography" is more apt conclusion to the study.

That's not even a valid conclusion. Unless you know the ideology of the people who are consuming the service (which I STRONGLY doubt) all you can say is that states with a high population of voters who vote for Republicans in the last election are more likely to pay for pornography. It is just as likely, however, that the people who are paying for the porn are liberals.

So, my conclusion (which is just as valid as the one you stated) is "Liberals in areas with a high percentage of conservatives are more likely to pay for pornography." Of course, both statements are bunk.

"When an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song." -- Sony BMG attorney Jennifer Pariser

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